January 28, 2005
In 1941, a monk named Maximilian Kolbe volunteered to take the place of another condemned prisoner at Auschwitz. Six decades later, a young man serving in Iraq--a soldier inspired by Father Kolbe--sacrificed his life when he volunteered to take the place of another soldier.
The story of this heroic young man--the son of a dear friend of ours in Prison Fellowship--is one we should tell our children as we mark the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz this week.
Twenty-year-old Thomas Doerflinger grew up in a home in which human dignity was vigorously defended. His father, Richard, is a bioethics expert who speaks out against abortion, cloning, and other assaults against human dignity. Some of those who knew the blond, blue-eyed Thomas questioned why this bright young man chose military service. His father says Thomas had no interest in a soft and easy life; he sought instead a life of deprivation and duty, service and sacrifice. And he wanted to help free the citizens of Iraq--people who'd spent decades living under tyranny and terror.
Read the entire article on the Town Hall website (new window will open).